Ruto: Leaders must deliver what they promised voters

President William Ruto reads a booklet during the launch of G7 strategy at Safari Park, on March 7, 2024. [PCS]

President William Ruto has called upon elected leaders to serve Kenyans saying they will be accountable to the electorate at the end of their term in office.

Ruto said he has no problem being called names as long as he achieves his agenda for the country. 

Speaking at ACK Emmanuel Church in Bahati, Nairobi on Sunday, the Head of State reiterated that his administration has put in place measures to turn around the economy. 

Nairobi ACK Bishop Joel Waweru cautioned Kenyans against disrespecting the President by calling him ‘Zachaeus the tax collector’ saying that the country’s problem is not taxation but corruption which is deeply rooted in the society and requires concerted of all to eradicate the vice.

“I am in charge of around 130 priests in the Nairobi diocese and over 300,000 members of the congregation, I can tell you it is not an easy task shepherding all these people, what about the President who is in charge of 50 million Kenyans, he should be respected by all since God had a good reason of putting him in that position,” said Bishop Waweru.

Ruto said God gave him an opportunity to be the fifth President of Kenya so that he can transform the country.

"By ensuring we have sufficient food for citizens, create jobs for the youth, ensure quality medical care and quality education for Kenyans, that is what I am focusing on,” he said.

The President assured farmers of a sufficient supply of fertiliser saying five million bags are available countrywide. He reiterated the Kenya Kwanza government's commitment to ensure food security through increased agricultural production.

Ruto promised to ensure one million new homeowners in the country in the next five years under the affordable housing programme and urged Kenyans to support this initiative.

The President announced that 50,000 new affordable houses will be constructed in the city this year with Makadara constituency getting 30,000 units and Bahati estate 8,000 new houses in efforts to ensure Kenyans live in dignity.

“We are going to build 20 new markets in the city in collaboration between the national and county governments in efforts to ensure that city residents are able to carry out their businesses in a conducive environment as we promised them under the bottom-up economic model,” he said.

He announced that the government has set aside Sh1 billion for the construction of 1,000 classrooms in public schools in the city with a similar amount to be allocated next year in efforts to ensure children get quality education.

The President further said that a new secondary school will be constructed at Morrison Primary School grounds.

At the same time, Ruto said that registration of Kenyans under the Social Health Insurance plan will begin soon to ensure access to quality health care.

The President was accompanied by Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, Deputy Governor Joe Muchiri, Nominated Senator Tabitha Mutinda, Makadara MP George Aladwa and Kasarani MP Ronald Karauri.

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